Total Overdose

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Total Overdose
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Developer(s)Deadline Games
Publisher(s)SCi Games[a]
Director(s)Simon Andreasen
Producer(s)Per Kyed Laursen
Designer(s)Simon Andreasen
Mikkel M. Pedersen
Søren Lundgaard
Programmer(s)Søren Lundgaard
Artist(s)Carsten Brandt
Writer(s)Stephen Cavalier
EngineRenderWare
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Release
  • EU: 16 September 2005
  • NA: 27 September 2005
Genre(s)Third-person shooter
Mode(s)Single-player

Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico is an open world third-person shooter video game developed by Deadline Games and published by SCi Games for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

Synopsis[edit]

Plot[edit]

In 1989, Ernesto Cruz, a deep-cover DEA agent, leads a troop of DEA agents against militia in a jungle to take some information on Papa Muerte. After the attack, Ernesto is thrown from a plane and killed: his C.O. Colonel Trust believes it's a drug overdose. Ernesto's son Tommy, a high-ranking DEA agent, goes to Mexico and finds Marco, who is his primary contact with Morales Cartel. Tommy destroys a Virgillo gang convoy and their gas station but is seriously wounded by a grenade explosion. With no alternative, Tommy calls his younger brother Ramiro, an imprisoned criminal, to take the job.

Ramiro saves Marco from a group of Virgillos who want to kill him because he was out-hustling them, and Marco refers him to Cesar Morales, a local gang boss who had bragged of knowing Ernesto's murderer. Morales sends Ramiro to steal the Virgillo's prized car, only to blow it up. Afterwards, Ramiro is enlisted the task of recovering three stolen trucks that will be used for Morales's trafficking deal. Ramiro successfully steals the trucks, as well as blowing up the Virgillos' ship. Morales's chauffeur Angel overhears Ramiro talking to Tommy, and finds out his identity. Ramiro then accompanies the trucks through Virgillo country, enabling the trucks to pass through: he hides in one of the trucks and follows them to Morales' meat factory. Ramiro opens the gate for the DEA agents, but Morales, aware of his plan, ambushes them: Ramiro narrowly escapes with the help of Angel, who is revealed to be a Mexican undercover police officer. Ramiro infiltrates a meeting of the Virgillos in which he finds out that Morales was just a puppet with someone pulling the strings.

Ramiro engages and dispatches Morales' henchmen, finally killing Morales, obtaining a letter from Morales' safe. He finds out that the letter was sent to Morales by a man named PM (probably Papa Muerte). The letter said that PM's DEA informant The Eagle had forewarned him of the DEA ambush. PM had supplied Morales' men with weapons and artillery through Elvez Autos. Ramiro infiltrates Elvez Autos and finds a bunch of papers depicting coffins and enough ammunition for a small army: he infiltrates Elvez's Villa through the sea and finds bodies of DEA agent Pierson and the other agents in coffins. Interrogating Elvez, Ramiro learns that Papa Muerte had ordered him to supply Cesar Morales with guns to get rid of the DEA agents; General Montanez was to deliver the payment and had done so. Ramiro kills Elvez and escapes the villa with the police and the military in pursuit.

Ramiro then goes to the jungle to Montanez's military base, extracting information about Papa Muerte and the DEA spy. Ram engages and kills Montanez, escaping the jungle. Trust finds out that Papa Muerte had planned to sneak into the DEA and steal the contraband cocaine which the DEA had seized, leaving a bomb to cover their tracks. Ramiro waits at Angel's apartment for extraction, only to find Papa Muerte's henchmen trying to kill him: meanwhile, Agent Johnson reveals himself as the Eagle and induces Tommy and Trust with a lethal drug overdose, although Tommy is able to patch Ramiro in to hear that Johnson had kidnapped Angel and killed their father. Ramiro returns to the DEA, fighting through Muerte's henchmen to save Tommy and Trust with an antidote while Johnson escapes on an armored train with Angel. Using a locomotive to carry the bomb away, Ramiro pursues and boards Johnson's train. Johnson, separating the coaches from the engine, battles Ramiro until Trust sends air support to destroy a canyon bridge ahead: Ramiro rescues Angel, and they jump over the broken rail on a dirtbike as the train falls into the canyon, dragging a trapped Johnson to his doom.

Gameplay[edit]

A screenshot of the game featuring the shot dodge ability

Total Overdose is a third-person shooter open world action/adventure game. Players assume control of Ramiro, Tommy and Ernesto. The most playable character in the game is Ramiro, while Tommy and Ernesto can be played only in the two beginning missions. The game parodies Robert Rodriguez's Mexico Trilogy. Throughout the game, players can run and dive and have the ability to use weapons including shotguns, rifles, handguns and rocket launchers. The game features cheap and special cars. The special cars include "Conquistador", Orange Dirtbike, Purple and Flame Pickup, Tow Truck, DEA and Military SUVs. Players have the ability to shot dodge, during which the player dives in any direction with a slow motion effect. This move gives players more accuracy in shooting enemies in combat. Loco moves are special attacks which players can pick up by scoring large numbers of points and combo kills. These moves can be used for eliminating heavy and a group of enemies. Players can perform six different kind of loco moves: Golden Gun, Tornado, El Toro, El Mariachi, Sombrero of Death, Explosive Piñata and Mad Wrestler/Mysterioso.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
PCPS2Xbox
EdgeN/AN/A6/10[2]
EurogamerN/A6/10[3]N/A
Game InformerN/A6.25/10[4]6.25/10[4]
GameSpot6.7/10[5]6.7/10[5]6.7/10[5]
GameSpyN/A3/5 stars[6]3/5 stars[7]
GameZoneN/A7.5/10[8]N/A
IGNN/A8/10[9]8/10[9]
OPM (US)N/A3/5 stars[10]N/A
OXM (US)N/AN/A5/10[11]
PC Gamer (US)54%[12]N/AN/A
The Sydney Morning Herald3.5/5 stars[13]3.5/5 stars[13]3.5/5 stars[13]
The Times4/5 stars[14]4/5 stars[14]4/5 stars[14]
Aggregate score
Metacritic72/100[15]71/100[16]71/100[17]

Total Overdose received "mixed or average" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[15][16][17]

Cancelled sequel[edit]

A sequel was originally planned named Total Overdose 2: Tequila Gunrise. It would have featured the entire map of Mexico, but it was cancelled after Eidos Interactive pulled out of it.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gladstone, Darren (January 2006). "Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. No. 258. Ziff Davis. p. 98. Archived from the original on 17 May 2006. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  2. ^ Edge staff (November 2005). "Total Overdose (Xbox)". Edge. No. 155. Future plc. p. 103.
  3. ^ Bramwell, Tom (29 September 2005). "Total Overdose (PlayStation 2)". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b Reiner, Andrew (January 2006). "Total Overdose (PS2, Xbox)". Game Informer. No. 153. GameStop. p. 138. Archived from the original on 11 May 2009. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Navarro, Alex (4 October 2005). "Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  6. ^ Guzman, Hector (4 November 2005). "GameSpy: Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico (PS2)". GameSpy. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on 27 April 2006. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  7. ^ Guzman, Hector (3 November 2005). "GameSpy: Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico (Xbox)". GameSpy. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on 3 May 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  8. ^ Zacarias, Eduardo (14 November 2005). "Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  9. ^ a b Roper, Chris (26 September 2005). "Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico (PS2, Xbox)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Ziff Davis. February 2006.
  11. ^ "Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico". Official Xbox Magazine. Future US. January 2006. p. 71.
  12. ^ "Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico". PC Gamer. Future US. January 2006. p. 56.
  13. ^ a b c Fish, Eliot (24 September 2005). "Total Overdose". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  14. ^ a b c Wapshott, Tim (24 September 2005). "Total Overdose". The Times. News UK. Archived from the original on 29 September 2006. Retrieved 21 March 2017.(subscription required)
  15. ^ a b "Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  17. ^ a b "Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  18. ^ Surette, Tim (27 February 2007). "Q&A: Cookin' Chili with Deadline CEO Chris Mottes". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  1. ^ Even though the Eidos logo appears on the packaging and before the intro of the game, the game is copyrighted to SCi as it was finished before they bought out Eidos Interactive.

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